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Applying to Torc – 10 tips for navigating the interview process

on June 21, 2019

Congratulations for applying to join the Torc team! You’ve chosen to work to forward your career with a group of innovative engineers who have spent over a decade working to increase safety, accessibility, and freedom through autonomous technology. 

You’ve submitted your application, what happens next? The process varies from role to role, but generally we use a combination of technical assessments, remote interviews, and the on-site interview to get to know you.  Our dedicated hiring team will reach out to you about each step in the process. 

The timeline: engineering roles 

Engineers at Torc get to work on some of the most interesting, challenging, and rewarding projects in autonomous technology. 

Depending on the role, you may be sent one or more coding assessments to help us determine the correct placement for you. You also may complete a live CodePair interview with a Torc’r. Check out this CodePair interview checklist from HackerRank to help you prepare.

On-site interviews are scheduled after your scores and resume have been reviewed by our engineering leads.  

The timeline: non-engineering rolestimeline of torc interviews

After the initial resume review, our team will reach out to you and let you know the next steps.

We will often invite you to a phone or remote interview to get to know you. At Torc, we work to better understand each applicant and to identify specific skills which help to make our candidates more successful from day one. 

If we determine you to be a good fit for the role, we will schedule an on-
site interview with you. 

 

 

Tips for the first steps

Take your time with coding challenges

Our team designed coding assessments to help us determine your skills and team placement. We recommend that you ensure you are well rested and comfortable for the assessment. Take your time – our team provided more time than necessary to so that applicants don’t feel the need to rush through the problems. 

Learn about Torc

Before a phone or remote interview, take some time to research Torc’s history and our innovative projects. We will be interested to know what excites you most about joining our team. A good place to start is the Torc media page and our social media channels.  

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Confirm interview details 

Part of our interviewing process is often done remotely, and if chosen to continue, we ask our candidates to meet us at our headquarters. Our recruiting team will send you emails confirming the location of the interview. We encourage our candidates to confirm the interview details and reach out with any questions prior to the interview. 

Need extra accommodations? Let us know

As an equal opportunity employer, Torc is committed to providing access to people with physical and mental disabilities. If you need an extra accommodation to complete a test, phone interview, or on-site interview due to a disability, we will work with you to provide reasonable accommodations. Please contact our HR department via email with a description of your request.

 

 

Tips for the on-site interview  

two torc engineers pointing at a tabletOn-site interviews take place at Torc’s headquarters in Blacksburg, Virginia. Our address is:

405 Partnership Dr SE, Blacksburg VA 24060. 

 

Dress your best 

Whatever your individual style is, ensure you put your best foot forward at the interview with your attire choices. We recommend well-fitting business casual attire that you feel comfortable in. Our interviewers notice that you put in the effort to look your best. 

Arrive with time to spare

Taking the initiative to come to the job interview 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time will not only make a great first impression, but you will have time to check in, introduce yourself, and gather your thoughts before the interview. 

It takes time to schedule all needed parties for an on-site interview, so we appreciate candidates who arrive on time. However, we understand that sometimes emergencies do occur. If you are going to be late or need to reschedule your interview, please inform us as soon as possible.    

What to bring and what not to bring

Bring work that you’re proud of – we encourage our candidates to bring their portfolios or presentations of their accomplishments to their on-site interview. You may also want to have a few extra copies of your resume for team members to review. 

Leave cameras or phones in the car – our customer’s projects are proprietary; so, visitors cannot take photos inside the building. If you need to bring a device in, we will cover the camera for you when you check in at the front desk. 

Ask questions

The on-site interview is not only to let us know about you, but to give you more information about the role you will be playing in creating technology that revolutionizes transportation. Prepare questions that you’d like to know about the role, the company, or your team. 

Tell us about what makes you unique

The Torc team is not only interested in your resume, we also want to know what makes you who you are. The business skills and personality traits you have are just as important to your success as your technical experience is. 

Candidates who showcase a willingness to learn, strong work ethic, and passion for changing the world with self-driving technology are going to fit in well with our team.

group of torc employees at a town hall

Torc careers 

Haven’t applied yet? Check out our job openings and discover a rewarding career in the game-changing field of autonomous vehicles. Torc is expanding rapidly, and new openings are being added regularly.

Diversity statement 

At Torc, we celebrate diversity and believe a team works better when its members represent a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences. Torc is an equal opportunity employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employee and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

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